Date: April 15-April 29, 1973
Teams and result: New York Knicks over Boston Celtics in seven games.
This series came in an era where the playoffs ended before summer break. It was a rematch of the 1972 Conference Championship (and a prequel to the 1974 one). In Game 1, the Celtics bombarded the Knickerbockers with a 134-108 drubbing led by Jo Jo White's 30 points. In Game 2, the Knicks returned the favor with a 129-96 beatdown, the worst defeat ever for Boston in the playoffs. After the Knicks took Game 4 in double overtime, the Celtics battled back (including a one point win in the fifth game behind Dave Cowen's 32 points) to force a Game 7. Returning to Boston as the favorites, the Celtics fell just short in a meeting that was closer than the 16-point margin indicated.